Food Pantry Support

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Role: Food Pantry Support

About Us: Open Arms Ministry is a non-profit based in Logan Square focused on obliterating poverty with a specific emphasis on homelessness and hunger.

Mission: Open Arms Ministry is a community leveraging collective power to end hunger, homelessness and wholistic poverty to create nourishment, safe housing, and gainful employment . We do this through a transformative shared space and empowerment programs delivering equality and relationships with our brothers and sisters in need.

Vision : We are a transformative, shared space of nourishment, opportunity, and connection.

Objective: In partnership with the Greater Chicago Food Depository, Open Arms Ministry’s Food Pantry provides grocery items to individuals and families experiencing food insecurity and/or homelessness. Even more than providing food, the pantry also provides helpful resources for guests such as SNAP (food stamps) application information, locations of other food pantries in the area, seasonal free food programs, and more.

Volunteer Opportunity: The Food Pantry support role is a cross-functional position that ensures that the activities of the Food Pantry run effectively and efficiently. Volunteers may be engaged in a number of activities, serving where the need is greatest. This will include support with set up of the pantry, assisting guests during the pantry, and closing/clean-up of the pantry. Food Pantry support should anticipate need and adapt in a fluid environment.

General responsibilities include:

∙ Organization of food delivery received from GCFD to include organizing incoming food on food pantry portable shelves as well as storing overflow food in pantry storage room. ∙ Store all frozen/refrigerated food delivery items in proper locations.

∙ Bag bread and set up of bread display at the pantry.

∙ Set up of tables/chairs and beverage/snack table.

∙ Set up and restock portable pantry shelves.

∙ Organize the produce display.

∙ Assist at registration table.

∙ Greet and assist pantry guests with food selection.

∙ Assist pantry guests as they exit with their bags of groceries.

∙ Breakdown and disposal of boxes.

∙ Restock/organize pantry shelves/clean up.

∙ Help with transport of leftover food to another pantry as needed.

∙ Build relationships with the people served.

Skills and attributes sought for this role include:

∙ Love and care for those in need and a desire to see individuals succeed.

∙ Flexibility and consistency.

∙ Organizational skills.

∙ Ability to take direction as appropriate.

∙ Ability to respond appropriately in tense or uncomfortable situations.

∙ Initiative and ability to spot needs.

∙ Ability to speak Spanish and/or Polish (NOT required).

∙ Basic computer skills.

Need and Time commitment

  • Wednesdays 11:00 am - 6:30 pm (at least 2 hour shifts within this time frame)

Role Requirements

∙ Any volunteers under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

If interested in joining us, complete our Volunteer Application through the following link:

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Mission Statement

Open Arms Ministry supports and partners with those struggling with homelessness, poverty, and food insecurity to enhance human dignity, community, and opportunity.


Open Arms Ministry has two programs addressing homelessness, poverty, and food insecurity on the northwest side of Chicago.


Open Arms Drop-In provides basic relief services to individuals struggling with homelessness or at risk of becoming homeless. More than relief from the weather outside, this drop-in program enables those who come to share a meal with friends and get connected to resources.

Guests also receive help meeting physical needs like clothing, toiletries, and basic healthcare. Referrals are available for services such as overnight shelter, recovery, and education.


Working in conjunction with the Greater Chicago Food Depository, the Open Arms Food Pantry serves families and individuals who live in the area bounded by Irving Park, Fullerton, Pulaski, and Western.

All are welcome (proof of address required), including those who have experienced job loss, illness in the family, unexpected expenses, and more.


Homeless & Housing
Faith-Based, Homeless & Housing, Hunger


We'll work with your schedule.


2649 N. Francisco AveChicago, IL 60647




  • Kids
  • Teens
  • People 55+
  • Group


  • Wednesdays 10:00 am – 6:30 pm (at least 2 hour shifts within this time frame) 
  • Any volunteers under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. 

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